Petrolia Wastewater Treatment Plant Complete – Grand Opening May 7

Posted: May 7, 2018

Petrolia Wastewater Treatment Plant Complete – Grand Opening May 7

Petrolia, ON – In July 2015, almost $14.3 million dollars in federal and provincial funding was announced for the Petrolia Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The project has been completed with the new plant online and in full operation. The contribution was provided under the Small Communities Fund, which is delivered by the federal and provincial governments to help small communities with populations of less than 100,000 make improvements to local infrastructure. 

The state-of-the-art facility is now one of the finest wastewater treatment plants in Ontario, and the expansion and upgrades have made it possible for population growth in Petrolia to be supported. Mayor John McCharles said, “It presents many opportunities for further development and expansion of area businesses and secures the future of Petrolia.  We are extremely grateful for the Federal and Provincial partnership on this project.”

“Investing in wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like the Petrolia wastewater treatment plant that ensure Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

The Petrolia Waste Water Treatment Plant has increased capacity and features state-of-the-art processing of wastewater.  From the preliminary treatment that includes screening and grit removal through the Aeration Tanks and Secondary Clarifiers, Disc Filtration, UV Disinfection to Effluent Discharge, the upgraded and expanded plant will effectively manage waste water for many years.

Director of Operations, Mike Thompson said, “This project has been the biggest infrastructure project that the Town has undertaken in many years.  We are grateful to our engineer CIMA+, and our contractor Stone Town for their work on the project, and for Jacobs (CH2M) for their continued expertise in operating the Plant.”

“I am so pleased that thanks to our investment of almost $14.3 million in joint funding from our government and federal partners through the Small Communities Fund, the Town of Petrolia Wastewater Treatment Plant is now in full operation. This investment will not only help increase wastewater treatment capacity for the community but will help to boost economic growth in the region.” — Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The official grand opening of the facility took place on May 7, 2018.  The public are welcome to tour the Facility during the next County of Lambton Doors Open event tentatively scheduled during the year 2019.